in jazz or pop a short, memorable melodic pattern repeated many times in succession (see also ostinato)
hot lick, musical phrase.
A jazz term which indicates the use of sporadic ostinati.
A short repeated musical phrase or figure.
a jazz ostinato; usually provides a background for a solo improvisation
a musical pattern or phrase that is repeated by one voice while a soloist improvises a melody
an oral or written improvisation with the phrase or approach repeated so as to become a kind of signature
a prominent feature of jazz music
a repeated rhythmic figure that suggests interesting harmonic ideas to the soloists
a series of short rhythmic or melodic patterns, usually only played for a few bars or sporadically, and sometimes used in a kind of call and response pattern
a short phrase of notes, not always, but usually in the lower register of the guitar
a short piece of music which you never get of sick no matter how many times you play it or hear it
A repeated melodic phrase
(1) A relatively simple, catchy repeated phrase. May be played behind a soloist or as part of a head. Often in a bluesy style. Riff tunes are made up of riffs, characteristic of the black bands of the 30s. (2) A pre-packaged phrase used by an improviser when he can't think of anything else, especially one which is especially catchy.
A common word for a musical motif or phrase, especially popular with guitarists and keyboard players.
A melodic phrase, often constantly repeated, forming an accompaniment or part of an accompaniment for a soloist.
a jazz term denoting a repeated musical phrase
A short melodic phrase, one or two measures long, played repetitively.
A short melody repeatedly played in a tune (sometimes with variation) often between vocal lines.
A short musical phrase (melody). Also called a "lick".
A short melodic musical idea that is repeated in a song.
Short fragment of melody, usually repeated many times.
A catchy pattern of notes.
two- or four-bar phrase.
A musical phrase, usually repeated for a whole section of a song, which gives the song its flavour and sometimes its hook . Rifts are most frequently played on guitar and/or bass, occasionally on other instruments.
In music, a riff is an ostinato figure: a repeated chord progression, pattern or melodic figure, often played by the rhythm section instruments, that forms the basis or accompaniment of a musical composition (Usually rock music, Latin, Funk or jazz, but also occasionally classically orchestrated music, Ravel's BolÃ©ro being an obvious example). They can be as simple as repeated saxophone honking an entire chorus on a single exciting note by Big Jay Mc Neely or as complex as the head arrangements played by the Count Basie Orchestra.